Sunday, February 13, 2011
Tom Trottier in NYC
Recently, TV and talk radio have been obsessed with stopping the construction of an “Islamic Center and Mosque” which will be located two blocks away from where the World Trade Center used to be. The right wing, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and NY Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio, have seized on this issue, attempting to gain political support. Even Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and former DNC chair Howard Dean have opposed it. Their message is that “Islam” attacked Americans on September 11, 2001, and therefore they should not be allowed to build a mosque on “sacred ground.” It should be noted that if the location two blocks away is sacred ground, a “sacred coat store” was formerly in the location where the Islamic Center wants to build.